AKC PuppyFinder: Dalmatian Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: A well-bred Dal is stable and outgoing; dignified but never shy
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, durable dogs created for long jaunts, Dals need their exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Frequent
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Dalmatian is one of the most recognizable dogs, but he's so much more than his spots. Your Dalmatian puppy, as cute as a plush toy, has a unique history as a 'coach dog,' protecting and following horse-drawn vehicles. The breed has many other assets, including intelligence, endurance and speed. He's warm and affectionate with his family and a star performer in agility and the show ring. The Dalmatian is a strong, high-energy dog who thrives on physical activity, like running and hiking, with his family.

History & Job
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Origin: Dalmatia (today, Croatia)

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: Dalmatians have a job description unique among AKC breeds: coach dog. They were bred to trot beside horse-drawn coaches, and to guard the horses and rig when otherwise unattended. Dals were alongside the caravans of the Romani people, commonly known as gypsies, during their ceaseless wanderings around Europe. British nobles, too, employed Dals as handsome accents to their livery. Back when horses pulled fire engines, Dals began their long association with firefighters. These days, Dals accompany the famous Budweiser Clydesdales on parade.

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The Dalmatian is a comparatively healthy breed with few known health issues. The sire and dam of your Dalmatian should both have completed their health testing with normal results. It is very important to make sure that your puppy has completed his series of vaccinations, in particular the series for parvovirus. Regular veterinary care, yearly vaccinations and proper diet are essential to maintaining your dog's good health. A peculiarity intrinsic to the Dalmatian is the tendency to form urinary stones. This occurs in some male Dalmatians and occasionally in females. Constant availability of fresh water and frequent opportunity to urinate are very important. If your dog has trouble urinating or if you see blood in the urine, contact your veterinarian. Dalmatians do not require a special diet for this unless the problem is present.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Dalmatian Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.thedca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 62
  • Breed Referral Contact: Linda McSherry - 207-527-2141
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Dalmatian Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: dcare@thedca.org (Cindy Bowman)
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 317-850-7878
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.thedca.org/rescue.html
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